Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sara Davies is Coming Back to HSN!


We're so excited that Sara Davies is coming back to HSN tomorrow! The Crafter's Companion US and a few of the International design team members are joining Sara in a fun blog hop to share sneak peeks of what's on the shows!


In addition to our Die'sire Create a Card and Edge'ables dies, Sara will have our versatile Ultimate Tool, and Spectrum Noir markers and pencils.


And what would a blog hop be without prizes? We've got two great chances for you!


To create BIG papercrafting projects crafters will need a BIG scoring platform! With the innovative Crafter's Companion Big Score tool, you'll be able to create large shaped cards, boxes and much more! This fabulous bundle, for one lucky crafter, includes a Big Score board and Video Project CD-ROM.


And for another lucky crafter, we've put together a bundle of four different packs of our 11"x17" printed cardstock. Each package contains twenty sheets (ten different designs x two of each sheet) of high quality 300 gsm heavy cardstock.

Want more chances for prizes? Make sure to visit all the stops on our hop and leave comments along the way.... each of our design team members has a prize (and Sara has one too!)


Terms and conditions: Comments close Wednesday, July 1st at 11:59pm PST. A complete list of winners will be announced on the blog Monday, July 6th. All winners must contact prizes@crafterscompanion.com to claim their prize. Contest is open to residents of the contiguous United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Gibralta, Greece, Italy, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, or Sweden who are 18 years of age or older.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tutorial: Shirt Box & Card


Lori created a fabulous gift, perfect not only for Father's Day but for the men in your life any time of year! See how she did it:

Supplies from Crafter's Companion US:



Directions:


Step 1: Position 11” edge of 11” x 17” Elegance cardstock against left side of The Big Score Board. Score at 1”, 4” and 9”.


Step 2: Turn the cardstock and place the other 11” edge against the left side of the scoring board. Score at 5”.


Step 3: Turn the cardstock and place the 17” edge against the left side of the scoring board. Score at 3”.


Step 4: Fold and crease all score lines with side of scoring tool.


Step 5: Cut and trim on score lines, as shown. Save the 3” x 1” piece to use on notecard. TIP: Snipping off a small angled bit on the smaller flaps helps the box fold together better.


Step 6: Apply glue (or strong adhesive tape) to flaps as shown. Assemble the side first, then to bottom flaps.

TIP: You don’t need to apply glue to the flaps all at the same time. Apply glue to the side strip first and assemble. Then apply the glue to bottom flaps as you are assembling the box bottom. It’s really just personal preference.


Step 7: Here is the assembled box.


Step 8: Cut a 5 1/8” x 7 1/8” white cardstock panel for the lid. Score at 1” on all four sides. Fold and crease all score lines with side of scoring tool.

TIP: Snipping off a small angled bit on the small corner flaps helps the lid fold together better.


Step 9: Apply glue (or strong adhesive tape) to the small corner flaps and assemble.


Step 10: To make a shirt collar, cut 5” x 1 1/4" white cardstock strip. Lightly mark with a pencil, as show in pic, at 1” from each edge on one side and 1 1/2” from each edge on the other side.


Step 11: Score, as shown in pic, to create angled folds. Erase pencil marks.


Step 12: Fold and crease the score lines to form the collar.


Step 13: To make a tie, cut 8” x 1 3/4" black cardstock strip. Trim to desired shape. Score along all the sides to create an embossed finished edge.

Cut a small strip of black cardstock to fold over the top of the tie - scoring along the sides to finish the edges.


Step 14: Adhere the small black strip over the top of the tie. Trim if needed.


Step 15: Adhere tie to the inside of white collar piece and attach to side of box lid with foam adhesive.

NOTE: Do not adhere the tie to the box, only the lid.


Step 16: To make notecard:

1. Create a 3” x 3” white notecard. (6” x 3” white cardstock scored in half)
2. Cut a 3” x 1 1/4" strip of black cardstock. Score along the 3” sides to create an embossed finished edge. Adhere to notecard.
3. Adhere 3” x 1” strip of Elegance cardstock on top of black strip. This is the saved cut-away piece from making the box.
4. Die-cut “Dad” from black cardstock. Adhere to notecard as shown in pic.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tutorial: The Big Score

For the last HSN show, Sara Davies shared several projects for The Big Score and Kendra made this cute folded purse a single sheet of 12"x 18" double-sided cardstock from the Indulgence Collection



Note: The 12"x 18" double-sided cardstock is currently a HSN exclusive product; however, there is 12"x 20" or 12"x 16" Construction Cardstock available on the Crafter's Companion website that can be used and then decorated with patterned paper.


Step 1: Trim the cardstock to 12" x 16".

Step 2: Using the long edge of the cardstock against the left side of  The Big Score board, score the cardstock at 4" and 8".  This will divide the cardstock into 3 sections.

Step 3: Flip the cardstock so the short edge is against the left side of The Big Score board. Score at 4" and 8".

Step 4: Flip the cardstock 180 degrees so the opposite short edge is against the left side of The Big Score & score at 4" and 8".  Once this is complete, your cardstock should be divided up into 12 - 4" squares.

Step 5:  Decide which end will be the top of your box (it doesn't really matter).  Trim the outside squares off the cardstock & 1" off the middle square. (see photo above)

Step 6: Place the top flap against the left side of The Big Score & add an additional score mark at 3 3/4".  This will allow the top flap of the box to close when finished.

Step 7: Flip the cardstock over on The Big Score board, and score the lines according to the photo above.  Each of the four corner squares will be scored at a diagonal from the center to the outside corner.

Step 8: Find the center for each of the middle two squares (2") and score those sections into a "V" shape (see photo above).


Step 9: Once everything is scored, fold and carefully burnish the score marks.  Be careful not to damage the scored cardstock edges.

Step 10: Once the purse is properly folded into the correct shape, add strong adhesive to the inside edges so the purse stays in place.


Step 11: Once the purse is secured, add eyelets and ribbon for a handle and decorate the front flap.  Kendra added buttons with string for the front closure; however, you could also use a magnet, ribbon or Velcro to keep the purse closed.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tutorial: Watercoloring & Masking with Spectrum Aqua


We've got a fantastic tutorial for you today! Gini will be sharing how she created this stunning card.

Crafter's Companion US supplies:


Directions:


Step 1.Stamp the poppy image onto the watercolour cardstock using watermark ink. (Be sure to stamp a little of the image off to the side and bottom).

Step 2.Sprinkle with black embossing powder and heat set.


Step 3. Using the Spectrum Aqua markers, add a little Orange to the bottom of the flower and Scarlet at the tops of the flowers, leaving white space in the center.

Step 4. Spray Sheer Shimmer Spritz onto the craft mat. Using a watercolor brush, blend the colors together with the Shimmer Spritz. This will create a beautiful glimmer to the colors.


Step 5. Use the fine tip end of the Spectrum Aqua markers to color the stems. I used Orange, Sunset, Scarlet, Aquamarine, Teal


Step 6. Stamp the poppy image onto vellum to use as a mask. Since the vellum is clear, this will make it easier to align the colored image and the mask.


Step 7. Cut around the mask, including inner areas of the stems.


Step 8. Use removable adhesive to place the mask on the colored image.


Step 9a. Stamp the script image over the poppies, using watermark ink. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder.


Step 9b. Remove the mask before heat setting.

Step 10. Replace the mask and use the darker blue marker to add shadows around the poppies, and the lighter blue to add color to the background. Blend using the brush and Shimmer Spritz.


Step 11. Sprinkle coarse salt over the wet watercolor and allow to dry. Brush away the salt.

Step 12. Remove the mask. Add panel to card base as desired.

Extra Supplies used: 
gold embossing powder 
black embossing powder 
heat tool 
Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Sparkle) 
Round Watercolor Brush 
vellum 
coarse salt
ribbon 

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